Music Department - How to remain legal?
We have a large music department who currently share a CD collection to use in classes. What they would like to do is to make the content available electronically so they do not have to carry around a stack of CDs which can get lost/ damaged.
The obvious solution is to create a re-only network share, rip the cd's and save them as MP3s. Then lock the masters away where they are safe.
The problems with this approach are not technical, but revolve around music copyright.
Having checked our license agreements, and other agreements available to educational establishments in the UK, I can't find one which will allow us to rip a copyrighted audio CD.
My assumption is that this is because there is no license for schools and any school wishing to do this for educational purposes needs to contact the individual CD/music publisher. Can anyone confirm whether or not I'm correct in this assumption?
Streaming Internet Music
An alternative option might have been to use Spotify, but this is only for personal use and can not be used in schools Spotify - Frequently asked questions.
CD-ROM Tower/ Server
Possible solution, but if you have 30 CDs can take up a lot of space.
It has been suggested that iTunes may be a solution. I don't have experience of iTunes. Can paid for DRMed tracts be stored centrally on a network share? How does this work when multiple teachers want to access the share at the same time?
How does your School Manage Copyright Music?
I would be interested in your comments on the above an how your school has given music teachers the flexibility of digital music whilst remaining legal.
Thanks for all your replies
Many thanks to all you for your replies, I think the Naxos Music suggestion is interesting and something worth investigating further.